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Surprisingly obedient, the Smiths have a cat that follows simple instr

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Surprisingly obedient, the Smiths have a cat that follows simple instructions like “come” or “sit”, words to which usually only dogs respond.


(A) Smiths have a cat that follows

(B) Smiths of their cat follows

(C) cat belonging to the Smiths follows

(D) cat belonging to the Smiths has followed

(E) cat belonging to the Smiths, following

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New post 24 Sep 2018, 00:24
IMO C

OM should modify cat not the Smiths so A & B are out.

(A) Smiths have a cat that follows

(B) Smiths of their cat follows

(C) cat belonging to the Smiths followsCorrect

(D) cat belonging to the Smiths has followedGeneral truth needs present tense.

(E) cat belonging to the Smiths, following.Fragment lacks main verb
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Bunuel wrote:
Surprisingly obedient, the Smiths have a cat that follows simple instructions like “come” or “sit”, words to which usually only dogs respond.


(A) Smiths have a cat that follows

(B) Smiths of their cat follows

(C) cat belonging to the Smiths follows

(D) cat belonging to the Smiths has followed

(E) cat belonging to the Smiths, following


(A) Modifier error. Obedient has to refer to cat. Incorrect.
(B) Same mistake as in A
(C) Seems Correct
(D) It states a fact. Present tense should be used. Incorrect.
(E) Run on sentence. No verb.

Should be C
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Bunuel wrote:
Surprisingly obedient, the Smiths have a cat that follows simple instructions like “come” or “sit”, words to which usually only dogs respond.


(A) Smiths have a cat that follows

(B) Smiths of their cat follows

(C) cat belonging to the Smiths follows

(D) cat belonging to the Smiths has followed

(E) cat belonging to the Smiths, following



Dear all ..
I am confused here . I selected option D instead C .
My logic is , here cat following instructions is not a general fact . It might have followed for one time/2 times(may be) .
And as per the guidance from many sources , when time period is not mentioned/known , use present perfect tense . So I have selected D .
So please throw some more light on this topic . Thanks in advance !!
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Bunuel wrote:
Surprisingly obedient, the Smiths have a cat that follows simple instructions like “come” or “sit”, words to which usually only dogs respond.


(A) Smiths have a cat that follows

(B) Smiths of their cat follows

(C) cat belonging to the Smiths follows

(D) cat belonging to the Smiths has followed

(E) cat belonging to the Smiths, following


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This question involves a dangling modifier. Who or what is obedient? The cat or the Smiths? The cat. Therefore the word ‘cat’ should come after the word ‘the’. That leaves us with choices C, D and E. The clause containing ‘dogs respond’ uses the simple present tense. Therefore we want a similar form for the cat. Dogs respond, and the cat follows. Choice C is the correct answer.
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